Hope everyone is having a great holiday so far! With 2016 coming soon, the new year comes planning new (or not-so-new) goals to accomplish. To be honest, I am still drafting my personal and professional goals for 2016 but I want to take the opportunity to mention at least this one goal.
One of my professional goals is to upgrade my portfolio. And I’m not talking about just adding a couple of new design pieces in my online portfolio. I mean actually changing the way it’s presented and ditching the basic black portfolio book entirely, but will keep it for archival purposes.
Even though it’s great to have an online portfolio for easy accessibility and shows your web design and content management skills, it’s always great to have a physical portfolio if in case there is no internet accessibility when showing designs to a potential client or employer. This goal was based on a couple of informative articles from Creative Bloq, a go-to resource for anything design.
One of the things that I liked from these articles is that instead of a bulky portfolio book, the samples were presented as brochures or magazine-style collateral, which is professional-looking, lightweight and shows the client/employer your print design and layout abilities. Plus, some print portfolios can be designed as good handout pieces to a potential client or employer.
There are also websites that specialize in custom portfolio books. Most of the books are binded with screwposts so that you’re able to add or remove page inserts. Plus, these printers create high-quality portfolio covers with your logo or design. It may be bulky to carry, but at least they don’t look like regular office binders.
Sure, creating or upgrading a portfolio can be very costly in terms of printing, but consider it as an investment instead of an expense. If money is an issue, you can work with your local printer or look into other online printing sites to see what is more cost effective. For example, if you’re presenting a saddle-stitched (brochure-style) portfolio, you’d most likely have to reprint the entire piece every time you update with new designs. Either way, it’s always good to have a back-up plan in presenting your design work to potential clients.
Does anyone have a printed, physical portfolio? Feel free to share your ideas. Also, what are your design professional goals for 2016?